Give gifts that enhance the outdoor experience. And relish the fact that your loved one will carry your gift along on great adventures.
All items listed here are things we’ve personally tested or made by brands we love. From tents to hiking boots to fleeces, we’ve got you covered.
The Best Outdoor Gifts to Give
Aesthetics and versatility combine with Bollé‘s first magnetic lens that uses a locking mechanism to hold it in place during your turns. Open it to swap in another lens, like the Phantom+ photochromic lens, when the weather changes.Sponsored by Bollé
Want to get in on what might be the next big brand? Appalachian Gear Company (AGC) uses 100% alpaca fiber with “no harsh chemical processing” or synthetic fibers, and it’s entirely manufactured in the U.S. The result is AGC’s trademark All-Paca material — a warm, soft, stretchy alternative to merino.
We’ve worn these All-Paca Fleece Hoodies through fall and winter and can attest to their comfort, whether on a chilly walk, in a drafty gear cave, or snuggling up at home at the end of an epic day. This Charlotte, North Carolina-based brand launched on Kickstarter late last year and is making a name for itself.
WRAPTIE strap systems are trusted by professionals everywhere. Designed to contain everything you’ll need when traversing tough terrain, WRAPTIE states that its strap systems are faster to use than bungee cords, as well as safer and more secure than typical tie-down straps. The brand also says its straps’ unique design will hold up under any circumstances while protecting both your gear and vehicle. No hooks and no buckles necessary! These straps are made with recycled materials and make a great gift for any outdoor adventurer.
Bonus: Shop now on WRAPTIE’s site through the link below and receive a 25% discount on all full-price items, valid now through Dec. 1!Sponsored by WRAPTIE
The Deschutes Plus is a no-nonsense, simple, reliable, and ultralight shelter for adventurers on the move. The shelter is easy to set up and has ample space so you won’t get claustrophobic. The shelter weighs a mere 16 ounces and packs down to an advertised 15 x 6-inch footprint. During our test, we used our own eVent stuff sack and were able to get the shelter packed down even smaller without much work.
This is a great gift for the adventurer who wants to save space and weight without sacrificing the quality of comfort and sleep in the backcountry.
Bring fire to the backcountry without leaving a trace. The Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit sets up in just 60 seconds, burns fast, and generates about 80% less smoke than a typical fire pit. Best of all, it cools to the touch within minutes of snuffing the flame, and it won’t scorch the earth beneath — all thanks to its Fire Mesh design, which allows air to draw in from below.
The result is a more efficient fire that complies with both Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service regulations. It weighs only 8 pounds and can hold up to 125 pounds of firewood. We’ve tried it and are impressed.
This duffel is undeniably cool. It doesn’t just look rugged, it is rugged. We took it across the U.S.-Mexico border last year for a multiday bikepacking trip. Not only that, but since then we’ve dropped it, kicked it, strapped it down, and stuffed it in overhead bins, and it shows zero signs of fatigue.
With some cleverly designed carry options — backpack straps, shoulder sling, and suitcase carry — and not too many features, the REI Big Haul Duffel 40L wins our praise. Compression straps, ballistic nylon construction, and daisy chains make this a versatile and durable bag.
And at 40 L, it’s small enough to bring almost anywhere but big enough to bring almost anything.
Prevent injuries and promote muscle recovery at home with the simple but versatile Wave Tools Massager. The Wave boasts eight different surfaces for various myofascial release and soft-tissue manipulation.
The brand advertises it for treating adhesions, scar tissue, fibrosis, trigger points, myofascial pain, and cellulite. We use it for muscle relief after climbing, riding, and hiking.
Everyone should have a comfortable pair of sweatpants. These fleece ones from Topo Designs are thick, warm, and have some cool extra features like cinching cuffs on the ankles and reinforced and DWR-coated seat and knee patches. They also have zippered hand pockets and back pockets to keep your valuables safe.
Functionally stylish but with a little give in the weave, the Evolution is a great slim pant and among our favorite men’s travel pants. The material is a sturdy nylon-elastane blend that mimics denim. And the durable water-repellent (DWR) coating is outstanding, keeping us dry even while standing in a downpour.
Look cool, stay dry. Vasque relaunches the heritage Clarion ’88 boot, now with waterproof suede leather and a GORE-TEX membrane. Available in color-splashed or monochrome men’s and women’s styles, the Clarion ’88 looks like a hand-me-down boot from the days of Magnum P.I. and “Sweatin’ to the Oldies.”
We’ve been wearing these on summer camp trips, fall hikes, and even early-season blizzards in Denver. The boots live up to the GORE-TEX reputation, keeping our feet dry and warm through a variety of conditions.
Give the gift of versatile, sustainable warmth with the Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Jacket. Editor tested, the DownTek PFC-free insulation stays dry longer, which means excellent warmth no matter the conditions. Elasticized cuffs and drawcord hem keep the cold wind out while the internal zippered pocket keeps necessities handy.
Whether heading to the mountains or relaxing in town, this durable, sustainable, packable jacket is an everyday essential. With plenty of styles, lengths, and colors, you’re bound to find the perfect fit.
Doubt that drawcord sunglasses are more comfortable? We did too — until we tried them. Ombraz offers a whole new look on shades, and we’re here for them. The armless sunglasses are easy to put on and take off, provide surprising comfort, and are resistant to falling off your head like traditional frames. Still not sure? Check out our review here.
It’s a koozie when you want it and a cup when you need it. Hydro Flask’s unassuming Cooler Cup has an ingenious design: The silicone lid that holds a can in place doubles as a nonslip base for the 12-ounce vessel. We’ve tried it and love it — it’s easy to use, insulated, and very packable. It’s great for frequent and year-round campers.
Mountainsmith’s Zerk 40 pack is short for “berzerk,” and that’s exactly who the brand tapped to help design it. With design input and testing by the one and only Real Hiking Viking (aka thru-hiker Tom Gathman), Mountainsmith developed a pack built for fast and long pursuits on the trail.
Add or remove bungees and straps as you see fit on this semi-customizable pack, all to add comfort and carry options or drop weight. The primary concept behind the pack, Gathman told us, is to make all hiking essentials stowable and accessible on the go.
Want a full breakdown? Check out the video review we did with The Real Hiking Viking.
Had it with city life? BioLite’s Solar Home 620 kit turns any dwelling into an off-grid sanctuary. Be it your campsite, cabin, or car, the Solar Home 620 adds illumination and entertainment — powered by the sun.
The kit includes a 6W solar panel, MP3/FM radio, and three hanging lights that each putting out 100 lumens. This makes a great gift for car campers, van lifers, and doomsday preppers alike.
This cozy fleece pullover works for so many occasions. The high-pile fleece is soft, durable, and easy to care for and wash. Plus, the fit is relaxed but not baggy. Layer one with your favorite collared shirt for the office or with your favorite shell for a winter hike. It’s not waterproof, but it ticks all our other boxes. We love that you can get matching ones for him, her, and the kids.
Anyone who travels often will appreciate this versatile carry-on. It’s sleek, durable, able to fit an incredible amount of stuff in a small space, and won the top spot in our article “The Best Travel Backpacks of 2020.”
You can completely tuck away the backpack straps and carry it like a briefcase, or wear it comfortably as a backpack. We’ve stuffed this pack to the gills countless times and have never had a problem with the zippers.
These semi-rimless cycling glasses combine smooth styling with the best technologies Bollé has introduced to date. The Lightshifters weigh a scant 34 g and feature Bollé Phantom Lens Technology for improved clarity and contrast in the environment around you. The lenses are light-adaptive, so they will adjust based on your surroundings to keep you dialed into whatever lies ahead. To see all colors available, click here.
Spice up your cycling or commuting wardrobe with this Pearl Izumi flannel. The Rove long-sleeve is made with polyester twill and has reflective accents for visibility in low light and a UPF 50 rating. We love its fit and versatility anywhere, anytime. It’s also great for layering. For 2020, Pearl Izumi added new colors to the lineup. Find this gift option in men’s and women’s sizing.
The classics never die. Kahtoola’s MICROspikes have been around for over a decade. Whether you’re hiking, winter running, or walking the dog, they’re still one of the best options around for winter traction. Our staff has several pairs, and we love the durable yet simple-to-put-on design.
Yes, this price is a bit high for just a shirt, but hear us out. It’s more than that. California Cowboy’s High Water Shirts, inspired by surf shirts of the ’70s, come with all the cool features. With a sunglass loop, a zippered water-safe security pocket large enough to hold a phone, and a reinforced beer bottle pocket, you can apres in style. Even better, each shirt comes with a koozie and bottle opener.
We’ve been lusting over these women’s base layers this fall. One of Kari Traa’s newest layers, the Smekker, is one of the Norwegian ski brand’s warmest offerings — with a 100% merino wool construction for warmth and odor control. Both the top and bottoms are soft and feel great next to your skin. To round out the design, the top features a scoop neck, flat seams, and thumbholes in the cuffs.
Glerups are a staple for us in the home and camp slipper category. Our staff loves how the Glerups’ wool upper fabric molds to your foot over time. And while Glerups offers a leather sole option, we like the natural rubber sole much better for traction in (and outside) your home. Although they’re indeed an investment, they’ll last for years.